Scott Waxman is a founding partner in the firm’s Wilmington, Delaware office and a member of the firm’s global advisory council. His practice focuses on organizational and operational issues related to limited liability companies, limited and general partnerships, statutory trusts, and special purpose corporations, as well as general commercial and financial transactions, including structured financings, securitizations, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and hedge funds, preferred securities transactions, insurance premium financing transactions, life settlement transactions and special purpose/bankruptcy remote structures. Scott is also experienced in related matters, such as the Uniform Commercial Code and federal and state taxation, as well as other matters, such as unclaimed property audits.
Scott frequently advises clients, assists litigators and serves as an expert witness before domestic and international tribunals on matters relating to the organization, operation, management, governance, dissolution, winding up, and restructuring of limited liability companies, limited and general partnerships, statutory trusts, and special purpose corporations, as well as advising on issues relating to the fiduciary duties of general partners, managers, directors, trustees, and special committees. A significant part of Scott’s practice also involves advising financial institutions and service providers in the many roles in which they serve, such as trustee, indenture trustee, collateral agent, servicer, backup servicer, escrow agent, securities intermediary, paying agent, and independent manager/director.
Scott is a past chair of Delaware's Alternative Entities Subcommittee, which is responsible for drafting Delaware's preeminent partnership and limited liability company statutes – a committee on which he has served for more than two decades. In addition, he serves on Delaware's Statutory Trust Committee, which is responsible for drafting Delaware's renowned statutory trust statute. Service on these small and prestigious committees provides Scott with a unique opportunity to participate in the crafting of some of Delaware's most important legislation, while simultaneously giving him a unique perspective into the legislative history and intent behind the annual changes to these statutes.
Prior to joining the firm, Scott was a partner at a Delaware based firm where he previously served as chair of the firm's business group and was a member of the firm's executive committee.
- Named from 2007 to 2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® under Corporate Law and Securitization and Structured Finance Law, touted as the preeminent peer-review based referral guide to the legal profession in the United States. Scott has been named in The Best Lawyers in America for nearly 20 years.
- Named as 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” in Securitization and Structured Finance Law, Wilmington, DE by The Best Lawyers in America®. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” Scott also earned this honor in 2018 and 2013.
- Ranked first overall in Delaware in the Alternative Entities subcategory of Corporate/M&A in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2005-2022), one of the most respected legal rankings in the world.
- Named a “Leading Lawyer” in Delaware Corporate Law in the 2020 edition of Legal 500.
- Named to Lawdragon's 500 Leading Dealmakers list, which honors the nation's top 500 lawyers.
- Named to Delaware Super Lawyers list.
- Rated AV® in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review certification, which is the highest rating available and is reserved for attorneys whose, "peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence."
- Delaware State Bar Association: Alternative Entities Subcommittee (Past Chair); Statutory Trust Committee, Section of Commercial Law; Section of Taxation
- Pennsylvania State Bar Association
- American Bar Association: Taxation Section; Business Law Section
- "Augenschein im Steuerparadies Delaware," interview with Swiss Radio, 1 May 2013
Scott completed required coursework towards an LL.M. in taxation at the Georgetown University Law Center. Scott has also completed coursework towards a Master of Modern Languages in Russian at Middlebury College.
- Co-author, “How Can a Hedge Fund Investor Pledge its Hedge Fund Interest as Collateral for a Loan without Obtaining the Consent of the Hedge Fund’s Manager or General Partner?,” The Hedge Fund Law Report, Volume 3, Number 25, 25 June 2010.